I won the DairyAire 5k in 15:14 (RESULTS). It was a great race put on by wonderful people. The course was almost totally flat but had some 2 complete 180 turns and a couple sharps turns. The race director and the volunteers were cheering me on by my first name, because they knew me from winning the Reindeer Romp 5k and the Run for Russ 5k. The DairyAire 5k was the final leg of the Chino Triple Crown and I very proud to have taken home victories in all three races. I didn't really have any competition out there during the DairyAire race (lots of potential and talent out there though!!), but it was awesome to know that I can run a 15:14 completely solo. Honestly it felt more like a hard tempo effort, which is awesome. Now I just have to work on my speed to get myself running comfortably around 4:40 to 4:45 per mile pace so I can go sub 15 again.
My racing shoe of choice was again the Mizuno Wave Universe 4. Not the 5, the 4. I love this shoe so much because it's a sub-4 ounce shoe but it still has some protection to it. There is a 4-5mm heel drop that will save your achilles and calf muscles a bit but still let you run really fast. Luckily my pair has a ton of life left on it, but I'm eyeing a pair of orange MWU 4s on Amazon that are $45. I might have to splurge for those before they disappear (the MWU 4s originally retailed for $120). The MWU 5s are a little intense for me right now. When I get my feet strong enough I'll probably pull them out for another 5k. Or when I start getting to some of the bigger races. But I still may go with the 4s because that little bit of extra protection may just pay off in the last mile when shit starts to hit the fan.
I also got a nice 22 miler in this morning with my training partner and good friend John Barker. I've wanted to run from my apartment (next to Western University of Health Sciences) all the way to the Ontario Airport and back for a while. Today just happened to be that day where we jumped on 1st street and headed east. 9-10 miles later we looked north and realized we were right next to the airport! Then we kept going to explore the area. Definitely a Tack On day.
I won a bottle of milk and a wreath. Triple Crown!!
The next few weeks are probably going to be quiet in terms of racing. I'm going to try to get some good hard workouts in including my hill In/Outs, 6x1000m and 10x400 hard. I'll through some tempos and fartleks in there somewhere. My next race is definitely going to be the Spirit Run 5k on March 23rd with Cal Coast and then I'm thinking about doing the Carlsbad 5000. I've wanted to do that race for the last several years and never thought I'd be living close enough to do it! Plus it's at the end of my spring break, so I have no excuse not to race it.
So that's all for now. I'm going to buckle down for the next couple weeks as Midterms really ramp up and just try to survive. And run faster.
Thanks for reading!
As always, my opinions are my own!
-Matthew Klein, SPT